Grass Roots RX

Project Proposal

1.0 Project Overview

Our goal through this proposal will be to work together with Grass Roots Rx to develop the front and back-end of their website to ensure SEO opportunities are maximized on an ongoing basis, as well as create a consumer experience that extremely functional and visually appealing which entices brand recognition and loyalty. The recommendations in this proposal are designed in the best interest of Grass Roots Rx’s long-term website / internet presence, visibility and SEO potential on a Regional scale throughout each of their 3 dispensary locations, as well as any and all future locations. The additional SEO functionality that will be used for Grass Roots Rx’s website will allow for scalability and organic growth as well as to work toward dominating the online presence for their industry and products in each geographic location they are located.

It is our intention, through the website’s custom development, SEO and conversion, to help grow Grass Roots Rx far beyond their current capacity. It is our primary objective to grow Grass Roots Rx’s ranking, authority and online presence, so that every prospective consumer can find them, and chose to shop with them over their competition, all from searching on Google.

This proposal will cover two phases: “Phase 1”, which is the website rebuild portion of the project and “Phase 2” is the implementation of our additional SEO services, in order to get the redesign live as soon as possible with an aggressive search strategy to start ranking.

1.1 Value Proposition

As seen below, Grass Roots Rx is not ranking for relevant keywords that statistically drive the majority of dispensary foot traffic, such as “dispensary near me” or “dispensaries in Albuquerque” They are currently outranked on GMB alone in each location by many other dispensaries in each of their local markets.

2.0 Project Deliverables

Below outlines deliverables for this project.

Project Discovery

Our Project Discovery process is integral to developing a website that is both on time and exceeds expectations for both the client and our team. At this point, we have already completed a majority of this deliverable, but the details of our process are outlined below.

Steps in this process include:

  • Initial client meeting to determine technical scope, visual desires, company mission, and the full walkthrough of services client offers.
  • Detailed breakdown of each project deliverable included in the website in a clearly defined technical scope.
  • Buildout of Sitemap to establish what content will be on the website, and what page it will be included on.
  • Establish a Project Schedule with concrete deadlines for multiple phases of the project.

Creative Design

A website is nothing without it’s design. At Range, we handle the creative portion of design a bit differently. Typical agencies will execute the design research phase and then produce visual-only mockups in PDF form, essentially showing you one big image that you approve before moving into development.

While in some projects this does make sense, in the majority of our projects this lengthy step is costly to both the client and ourselves, and isn’t necessary because of how we develop sites.

Our Creative Process stays completely within the realm of research and planning. We work with you to identify the most important information you want the design to convey, and from that formulate a quick sketch that outlines how we can structure that information.

From there, we research other beautiful sites on the web and come up with our own unique layout groups that we’ll apply to the development. We’re still in the planning phase here – the design comes to life during our actual development project.

Because of this process, the first “design” preview you see will actually be a developed website, allowing you to preview it on all of your devices as well as get a first look at the interactivity/features of the site.

Development Environment Setup

Range will develop your site in a closed environment on a completely different server from where your live website will be. This process is complex and takes time to set up, but is critical for the future safety of your website. Once your website goes live on the internet, we still host your development environment. This serves a couple functions:

  • Acts as an additional backup layer in the event of something happening to the live site.
  • Remains a preview for future changes to your site.  If you require a big design change, new page design, or new functionality, we can safely test and preview everything on your development website before moving it to production.  This ensures that your live website will never “break” due to meddling around with the code when building something new.

Core Development

Core Development is generally the largest deliverable in the project, notwithstanding any additional complex custom applications or functionality. During this phase of the development we will:

  • Install and set up the Content Management System (CMS) used for the website – in this case WordPress.
  • Install and set up a suite of plugins and performance-enhancers for the website.
  • Design and develop site-wide features of the website, like navigation, footer, and sidebar.
  • Design and develop the homepage.
  • Design and develop the content-focused interior pages (such as About Us, Contact Us, Blog, Services Provided, etc.)
  • Ensure author functionality is designed and developed, allowing users to see pictures of the article author as well as a bio page with summary of posts by that author.
  • Set up usernames/logins.

Content Implementation

Content Implementation is just that – adding all of the content to your website. This step is different for every client, but typically includes things like:

  • Working with the client to obtain all necessary content for each page of the website.
  • Obtaining and cropping/optimizing high resolution images from the client and/or purchasing stock imagery.
  • Adding content onto each page of the website.

E- Commerce Platform

We will utilize WooCommerce as the E-Commerce platform to sell products. WooCommerce has built-in functionality for managing Products, Orders, and Customers. Using WC as the platform, we will custom design page templates to display relevant pages.

E-Commerce Functionality Included

Below is a list of core functionality included for this build. Any modules requested outside of this functionality will have to be added to this proposal (out outside of it) and priced separately.

  • Core product management for simple and variable products. Product photos, price (or prices with variations like colors/sizes), description, SKUs, stock management, shipping information/dimensions, product category, product tags, and related products.
  • High-level shop management: company address, tax rules, shipping rules, currency, and e-mail delivery settings.
  • Order management & reporting: the ability to process, cancel, and view a list of orders/customers. Top level reporting to see revenue and customer growth for any date interval.
  • Ability to add coupon codes and discounts.
  • Customer reviews on products.
  • Customer management: customers can check out as a guest, or create an account where they have a dashboard to view their order history and order products again.
  • Payment processing: check payments and Paypal are included as defaults. We will integrate an external payment gateway if that gateway is either Stripe, Square, or an Authorize.net gateway. If the payment gateway is outside of that scope, we will need to see if a compatible plugin exists. If no compatible plugin exists and we need to program the gateway in custom, there will be an additional charge depending on the complexity.
  • Order Emails: the store administrator is emailed when every new order comes in, and customers are emailed a receipt of their order.

Customer-Facing Website Design

The following pages and features will be designed with a custom theme and connect to the E-Commerce back-end. Any pages or features outside of this list will need to be priced separately, or added to this proposal as an amendment.

  • Shop Page: the main store view that displays all products by default. Customers will have the ability to sort products by Popularity, Average Rating, Newest, and Price. Additional filters will allow customers to sort by Price Range, Product Category, Sale Items, and a general Search Bar. Products will be displayed with Name, Featured Image, Price, and Rating.
  • Single Product Page: viewing individual products. Features view-able will be Name, Product Images (single or gallery of images), Short Description, Full Description, Price, Variations (size, color, custom variations), Category, Add to Cart (with quantity select), and Related Products.
  • Cart: view items in the shopping cart, add or remove items, change quantity, apply coupon codes, and view subtotal/total.
  • Checkout: customers add Shipping and Billing Address, Order Review with product/pricing information, enter Credit Card or payment information, and click Purchase.
  • Order Confirmation: customers are thanked for their purchase and receive a review of their order and order number in the event of an issue.
  • Cart Icon: there will be a shopping cart icon in the navigation bar that allows customers to easily access their cart and checkout.

Receiving Product Information

The pricing in this proposal assumes that Range will be delivered all product content in a timely and organized fashion (we recommend a spreadsheet). While all of this information isn’t required (only a Product Name and Price are technically required), more information results in a better shop experience. Product information includes:

  • Product name
  • Product short description (1-2 sentence “elevator pitch” of the product)
  • Product long description (full details)
  • SKU
  • Manage stock manually? If so, need to know how much of each product is available, and if you offer backorder.
  • Shipping information (weight, dimensions)
  • “You may also like” related products, we recommend choosing 3
  • Product category(s)
  • Product attributes (for clothes these are things like S/M/L sizes, different colors, etc)
  • Product variations (when you have products with different attributes, sometimes they may have different prices, stock quantity, etc. in your case it may be a product may come in different oil sizes and each size has a different price)

Website Launch (Deployment)

When your website is ready to go live on the internet, we run through a detailed checklist to ensure the launch is safe and without interruption. Things on our checklist include:

  • Taking a final backup of the development website.
  • Setting up the production environment server (similar to setting up the development environment).
  • Transferring files from development to production.
  • Testing the website on production locally (making sure the site will load perfectly once the domain name is live on our servers).
  • Handling the technical process of pointing the domain name to our servers.
  • Running post-launch steps to performance plugins.
  • Installing SSL on the live website (https://yoursite.com vs. http://yoursite.com).
  • Testing all features of the live website, and testing contact form delivery.

SEO Jumpstart

It’s extremely important that your website is SEO-friendly to Google. Not only should your site avoid being penalized for certain factors, it should be designed to excel in the areas Google is looking for when deciding how to rank your website. This has a major impact on the traffic you receive, and will impact your businesses’ bottom line. Range implements the following features to make sure your site looks great to Google from Day 1:

  • Optimize the title and meta tags for all prominent pages of the website.
  • 301 redirect any dead links to the appropriate pages.
  • Create sitemap.xml file for Google.
  • Submit your new content to Google for indexing.

Once these items are taken care of and the website is being managed by us, we recommend continuing with ongoing, monthly SEO to ensure maximum search engine visibility.

3.0 Project Budget

The budget is derived directly from the list of deliverables included within this proposal ("Scope"). Any changes to the Scope of work will require a new quote.

Description Cost
Level III Website Project Cost $5,000
Total Project Budget
$5,000

4.0 Project Schedule

The project schedule is a list of soft deadlines for the project; they are milestones we strive to achieve. Website development is a dynamic process and it's commonplace for new ideas to arise, communication to occur, or Scope be slightly tweaked. While it's rare for us to miss targets, the schedule below is not held to any bounds concerning the budget or Agreement.

We schedule our projects conservatively, and it's also common for us to come out ahead of the milestones below.

Deliverable Date
Project Kickoff Date January 20, 2020
First-Look At Completed Website February 26, 2020
Website Launch + SEO Kickoff March 2, 2020

5.0 Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

SEO + Boost

In the same alignment as our other clients in this space, we know that SEO is not a one-size-fits-all scenario, and so each campaign needs to be handled with custom diligence. We know that this is a competitive industry and so we will need to be nimble in our SEO efforts. Range Marketing has designed both on-site and off-site (Boost product) to sufficiently preform Search tactics, that actually drives results.

The examples below are meant to give an idea as to what we could potentially fulfill under different levels of SEO + Boost. With that being said, National campaigns are typically more costly than Local Search campaigns, and have a longer timeline to produce results. Our monthly SEO can range anywhere from $1,500 – $15,000 / month depending on how extensive a campaign is and how many man hours need to be put behind the effort as well as how soon you want to start ranking and seeing significant results and leads.

We recommend starting at the lower end of our product recommendations and adding on over time as our results and rankings begin to peak. Subsequently, we would like to take a look at any Google Analytics Data, or PPC data that is currently available (if at all) to appropriately resize budgeting for Ad spend so that we can reduce costs, and increase lead value organically. Realistically we recommend that an SEO campaign should anticipate a 12-month test trial. However, Range Marketing will work every day, on a month-to-month payment basis, to show that we can and will provide the work to deserve your ongoing business.

Custom Market-Based Strategy(s):

Rather than our traditional method of invoicing SEO campaign at Product level per physical location, we have created a custom market-based campaign strategy that is more budget friendly and will be equally as effective. We will work, based on each overarching market, to dominate online rankings and foot traffic per location within each market. This not only allows for a budget friendly campaign, but effective scalability should you acquire future dispensaries in current or new markets.